Motion Control

Position Sensors

TE Connectivity (Pennsauken, NJ) announced the HLIR 750 intrinsically safe, 4-20 mA LVDT position sensors that are CSA listed for use in hazardous locations and where an intrinsically safe sensor is required. With stainless steel construction and a hermetically sealed sensor body, these LVDT position sensors provide contactless position measurement for critical applications in gas turbines for fuel valve position feedback, vane pitch servo controls, governor controls, and generator shell expansion measurement.

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Feedback Cylinder

The Series 6PF positioning feedback cylinder from Camozzi Pneumatics (McKinney, TX) is equipped with a potentiometric transducer of a linear position integrated inside the rod. This type of cylinder, when used with the LRXA4 proportional servo valve, makes it possible along the entire stroke to constantly control the position of the rod. The pistons are equipped with specific seals for increased accuracy, and a permanent magnet in order to use external end-stroke sensors. The cylinder is suited for use in tensioning cylinders, positioning cylinders, and filling/cutting/measuring systems. Features include bores from 50 to 125 mm, standard strokes from 50 to 500 mm (50-mm intervals), ISO 15552 compliance, protection class IP67, and assembly with standard ISO accessories.

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Brake

SEPAC (Elmira, NY) announced the Thin Spring Engaged Brake, a thin-body, spring-engaged, power-off brake. The brake offers reversible mounting with the shaft extending past the brake or within the brake body. The friction disc/rotor and hub are manufactured from lightweight metal, allowing for lower inertia. A splined hub for shaft connections typically provides less than 1.5° backlash. The brake is suited for servo motors/systems, medical apparatus, robotics and imaging equipment, material handling, semiconductors (wafer handling equipment), energy-related (wind, petroleum, etc.) actuators, and security-related actuators for doors, gates, and curtains.

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Variable-Speed Systems

Nidec Motor Corp. (St. Louis, MO) launched NMC’s ACCU-Series™ family of variable-speed products. Users can match a U.S. MOTORS® brand inverter duty motor with an NMC drive or panel, or purchase integrated motors and controls. The products are designed to be used together as a system. The family includes variable frequency drive pump panels for agricultural irrigation, 3-10HP electronically commutated (EC) motors with an IE4 rating integrated with tuned VFDs, individual AD700 and AD1000 drives, and the Totally Enclosed Fan Cooled (TEFC) motor.

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Motion Controller

The Lexium Motion Module (LMM) from Schneider Electric Motion USA (Marlborough, CT) is a compact, programmable motion controller for motion applications measured in millimeters. The controller is programmed via MCode, and can validate motion with a turning motor shaft. MCode programs are transferrable to LMM and longer-lead PCBs. One- or four-axis development boards include isolated I/O, locking pluggable connectors, and serial RS-422/485 programmable motion or CANopen. Motors, accessories, and starter kits are available.

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Pneumatic Grippers

Fabco-Air (Gainesville, FL) announced the FKHS Series 3 Jaw Parallel Motion Pneumatic Gripper line for handling small parts in tight spaces. The design is available in six different bore sizes: 25, 32, 40, 50, 63, and 80 mm. A magnetic piston is a standard feature on all grippers. Other features include polarity protection and LED indication. Mounting is via direct body (top and bottom) mounting holes.

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Positioning Tables and Stages

Positioning tables and nano-precision stages from Primatics (Vaughan, ON, Canada) are used in applications where high accuracy and repeatability and/or smoothness are critical. The PCL50 and PCL65 linear stages offer micron-level repeatability and integrate a precision ball-screw drive with recirculating ball linear bearings. PCR32/43 Series positioning stages are designed for applications such as high-precision alignment, attachment, and inspection. They utilize anti-cage creep precision cross roller bearings and a center-driven brushless linear motor. PLG stages are flexible, all-purpose compact linear positioning stages featuring strokes to 800 mm for payloads up to 100 Kg. Available with aluminum or cast iron base, the stages also offer a Class 10 cleanroom option. PO Series stages are two-axis, large-travel center-aperture positioning stages featuring single or dual linear motors per axis and high-resolution linear encoders. PXL stages are low-profile, small-footprint linear motor stages with cross roller bearings offering < 2 nm incremental motion. Models are directly stackable in XY configurations.

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Stages

Aerotech (Pittsburgh, PA) offers the PRO series industrial linear motor and ball-screw positioning stages, including two new sizes of the PRO-LM (linear motor) series stage line: the PRO115LM and PRO190LM. New features include a linear encoder option on PRO-SLE ball-screw stages, absolute encoder options on both the linear motor and ball-screw stages, and direct mounting to English and metric optical tables. All stages employ a recirculating linear guide bearing system and a low-friction sealing solution. The design provides protection from debris while side seals prevent dirt and particulates from entering the stage.

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Slides

NB Corporation of America (Hanover Park, IL) released TOPBALL® slide products that self-align. The floating wiper seal makes unrestricted self-alignment possible. A floating load plate adjusts clearance, and tolerances are achieved by grinding the raceways and load plates. Applications include automation equipment, machinery, and optical and measuring instruments. They also are suited for new designs and are interchangeable for retrofitting. The slide products are available as total systems or as individual components such as slide bushings, housings, slide shafts, and supports in metric or inch.

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Clutch-Brake

Nexen Group (Vadnais Heights, MN) introduced the Flange Mounted Clutch-Brake Enclosed (FMCBE) for any environment where cleanliness is a primary concern. A single, double-acting piston prevents simultaneous clutch and brake engagement. It features a nickel-plated finish to resist corrosion, and stainless steel, hex-head bolts with no exposed threads or sockets. All machined mating surfaces are sealed with O-rings to prevent ingress of fluids. The clutch-brake has no indentations, allowing easy cleaning and eliminating areas of possible build-up and contamination.

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